I like to be creative. I find myself at any one time working on, what feels like, a gazillion projects and ideas. I have piles of unfinished manuscripts, incomplete musical tunes and unrealised creative dreams. It is part of my creative nature. However, it isn’t very productive or conducive to living a minimal and focussed life.
Part of my issue is that I like to be free. There is a little bohemian boy inside of me that doesn’t want to stick to rules, rigid timetables and deadlines. I think many creative people have a similar personality lurking at least somewhere within – it even may have come out of the closet and be rushing down the street in all its glory too!
I get bored very quickly when working on ideas. My ‘team type’ suggests this too, always nice to be supported by something scientific. However, knowing that I am like this, I should be able to do something about it. The more we know about ourselves the easier it becomes to initiate change.
Because I don’t want to be tied to schedules I rebel and don’t make them. This makes the bohemian inside very happy, but has a disastrous effect on my other ‘personalities’. If I don’t plan things and schedule them, they don’t get done. I wander around my creative playground and simply add to the mountain of unrealised ideas.
How planned is your week?
If I don’t plan my week and list the actions that need to get done, I drift. If my plan is too rigid my mind might rebel. To be forced to do things is against every nerve and fibre, at least of my little bohemian friend. However, when there is no structure, things fall apart.
This isn’t because the things on my list are boring. The vast majority of items currently on my to do list are exciting and interesting projects. Perhaps completing the tax return isn’t one of those, but then it isn’t a priority at the moment either.
This week though I know what I am going to be working on. I have planned things more clearly than I normally do.
I don’t want to drift; I want to ebb and flow with purpose.
Being focussed on what needs to be done is a minimal ideal I struggle with. I like to do lots of things and so sticking to one, or two, or three can be difficult, but it is necessary. I want to live a simple creative life and part of that means being focussed on what needs to be done. To simplify my creative process I have to plan and structure my week.
My tasks for this week have been broken down into small blocks. These block aren’t too big and there is also space in the diary for dreaming and wandering and thinking outside my current projects. This should keep the bohemian boy happy but also mean that at the end of the week he has something to show for his hard work.
A simple, minimal plan, for a creative bohemian character.
Do you plan your week?